The Gifts of Imperfection

The Gifts of Imperfection

Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Book - 2010
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Brené Brown's game-changing New York Times bestseller, The Gifts of Imperfection, has sold more than 2 million copies in more than 30 different languages and is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in print. Forbes magazine named Gifts one of the "Five Books That Will Actually Change Your Outlook On Life." Through this self-help classic we find courage to overcome paralyzing fear and self-consciousness, strengthening our connection to the world and helping us to believe we are worthy of self-discovery, personal growth, and boundless love.

A motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, rather than just the average self-help book, with this groundbreaking work Brené Brown, Ph.D., bolsters the self-esteem and personal development process through her characteristic heartfelt, honest storytelling. With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an "imperfect" life and embracing living authentically. Brown's "ten guideposts" are benchmarks for authenticity that can help anyone establish a practice for a life of honest beauty--a perfectly imperfect life.

Now more than ever, we all need to cultivate feelings of self-worth, as well as acceptance and love for ourselves. In a world where insults, criticisms, and fears are spread too generously alongside messages of unrealistic beauty, attainment, and expectation, we look for ways to "dig deep" and find truth and gratitude in our lives. A new way forward means we can't hold on too tightly to our own self-defeating thoughts or the displaced pain in our world. Instead, we can embrace the imperfection.
Publisher: Center City, Minn. : Hazelden, c2010
ISBN: 9781592858491
159285849X
Branch Call Number: 158.1 BRO 2010
Characteristics: xvii, 137 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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VaughanPLKatherine Apr 21, 2020

I feel like this book REALLY resonated with me. There were lots of "AHA" moments that made me actually lean into my feelings. Some themes Brene speaks about are uncertainty, self-doubt, perfectionism, and shame. What motivates these feelings? What behaviors or actions do these feelings motivate? What thoughts lead to these feelings?
She also provides lots of additional reading.

I highly encourage to give this book a try.

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des01
Mar 05, 2020

Too much blah blah blah blah. A friend referred me to the book stating it helped her deal with her perfectionist traits. Not for me.

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MEILEEANDERSON
Feb 15, 2020

This was my first Brene' Brown book. I rather liked it. Having watched the author speak at a Ted Talk I found myself appreciating her willingness and skill at exploring tough topics like shame, guilt, and vulnerability. I liked the way the author spoke weaving research with personal stories. I sought out a few podcasts to hear more and eventually found my nose buried deep in one of her books. She knows her voice and she writes exactly as she speaks.

Gina_Vee Jan 24, 2019

Brene Brown's books are just so good at helping you to take a step back from the situation and get real with yourself.

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aewiggin
Jan 13, 2017

Love this book. This book helped me to pull back, and get real with myself. It reminded me to focus on what matters and let go of what I can't control.

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bjustin
Sep 05, 2015

I've been challenging myself to grow over the past 8 years especially, with an enthusiasm for meditation and right living. This book offers a unique medicine we are not getting from other sources--namely, confronting the "boogie-man" of shame with courage and skill. I enjoy how the author uses so many personal testimonies because after all, that's where the nitty-gritty of growing occurs. In all the little moments we triumph over the epidemic of shame in our culture. She teaches about connection, and what better way to not feel alone in your shame if someone gives plenty of examples about facing it in their own lives. To me this proves that Brene walks the walk and is not just intellectualizing everything. Authentic, beautiful, and powerful. The real deal.

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obymak
Aug 11, 2015

Made me look within myself and embrace my imperfections.
Be who I am!

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firstbestdan
May 02, 2015

I wanted to underline the whole book...

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FRIEDNOT1
Mar 26, 2015

I am a full time psychotherapist with 34 years experience and 6 years of university training. I regularly assign this woman,s books/tapes to my patience......and I keep a copy of her tapes in both my vehicles.

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brandysteffen
Jul 21, 2014

I really loved this book and connected with it on so many levels. I recommend it.

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